Made of quartz made for life... FAQ

Çimstone is a quartz based composite stone manufactured through a high-tech production process developed by the Italian Breton company. Being one of the hardest and most durable minerals found in nature, quartz endows Çimstone with unmatchedstrength and durability. Çimstone is a non-porous hygienic surface that is stain-free, highly abrasion and scratch resistant, being not only unaffected by almost any kind of acid or alkalis, but also offering endless colour and texture alternatives. Supreme qualities combining functionality with elegance makes Çimstone an ideal product lending itself for a wide range of commercial and residential applications primarily for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities, accompanied by flooring, cladding, staircase tiling and tripod tops styling.

Quartz is the hardest mineral stone in nature after diamond, saphire and topaz. Quartz has 7 Mohs hardness degree on the Mohs scale, which is rather close to that of diamond (10 Mohs), and this enables Çimstone to be scratch-free even against metal or similar utensils while proving life long high resistance to abrasion even in areas of intensive pedestrian traffic. Çimstone does not easily crack or rupture during fabrication or transportation thanks to its high coefficient of resistance to bending and impacts.

Composite stone is the generic name given to derivatives that have been refined from the disadvantages of natural stone. Undesired characteristics such as hairline cracks, water absorption, fragility, reacting with chemicals and low scratch resistance are removed from composite stones that are produced with cutting-edge technology.

Çimstone is produced in slabs. The production process of Çimstone slabs begins with pure natural quartz aggregates that are extracted from the highest quality quartz quarries and selected in various dimensions to combine with pigments and polyester resins and then pass through vibro-compression process where vibration, vacuum and pressure are applied to create a compact and durable surfacing material.

Cimstone is a nonporous, therefore easy to clean and hygienic material that is stain-free and highly abrasion, scratch and impact resistant. There is no need to for sealing or polishing, thus it is virtually maintenance-free. Production available in various textures with different types of effect materials on a broad colour range, Çimstone has an exquisite look fortified with supreme durability, hence it offers ideal solutions for a variety of applications, such as, kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities, flooring, interior and exterior cladding, staircase tiling, skirting and window-sills.

Çimstone is stylish and elegant with its vast colour and texture alternatives, each being more beautiful than the other. Its aesthetic look is unmatched in finishing off the architectural notion of the modern kitchens. Thanks to merits of quartz, Çimstone is a strong and durable surfacing material accredited by a hygiene certificate to be impervious to liquid and stain-free.

Unlike other natural stones, Çimstone’s compact structure, which is free of hairline cracks allowing no liquid penetration, makes it stain-free and easily cleanable with daily cleaning agents, even only with a damp cloth and a little gel detergent. Natural stones of a microporous structure with hairline cracks are water absorbant, thus prone to stains and spotting, while also providing for a favourable environment for the bacteria growth. Çimstone is accredited by a hygiene certificate to be a special surfacing material that does not allow for a favourable environment for bacteria growth owing to its compact structure. Çimstone is not affected by the wearing effects of common kitchen stuff like vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and wine that make harm to other natural stones. Çimstone maintains its brand new look and clean appearance as on the first day for many years without any need for polishing or sealing unlike marble or granite. Since natural stones are limited to natural reserves, suppliers cannot always procure the demanded quantity at the desired amount and colour alternatives. Yet, Çimstone can be produced in a rich variety of styles and alternatives, meeting various expectations at a time.

All the world-wide great manufacturers of compound stone use the patented Italian Breton technology in their production process. Çimstone is the first and still the only firm which has imported such a high technology to Turkey to produce quartz based compound stone.

High quality production, broad product range and customer oriented sales system are the corner stones of Çimstone’s philosophy of unconditional costumer satisfaction that firmly stand behind its products.

Çimstone is made of pure quartz; a mineral stone that is naturally quarried. Çimstone’s glossy elegance and unmatched durability come also from its composition of quartz by 93%. Corian and its derivates are 100% acrylic or polyster resin based products without any stone aggregates. Therefore, Corian and similar solid surfaces lack the natural shine and reflection of natural stones. Since they are less hard, this makes them easily sctrached and less resistant to abrasion.

It is really not easy to distinguish the brandname of a countertop or vanity top. Therefore, as of 2009 Çimstone has been inscribing its logo, product code and production work order number by laser ink–jet on the backside of its slabs. You can trace back the origin of your product only by checking the backside information.

No. Çimstone is not an artificial product; 93% of it is made of natural quartz. Çimstone ows its strength to the merits offered by quartz which is an uncomparably strong mineral stone.

The long-lasting luster and natural elegance of Cimstone require only simple and routine care to maintain the good looks. A damp cloth and a little liquid detergent will do best for and ideal cleaning. Çimstone’s compact structure is highly impervious to stains. Just wiping makes the surface attain its new look again as on the first day. Please refer to Care and Maintenancefor more information.

Gently scrape away with a plastic spatula any spills of paint, nail enamel, chewing gum, mustard and grease that become hard to remove when dried. Then cleanse off the surface with water. Apply kitchen and bath triggers such as Cif Power Spray by Unilever and Mr. Muscle Spray by Johnson Wax on any remaining stain and scrub with a blue Scotch-Brite (3M) soft scour sponge, certainly rinsing well with water thereafter. Gel cleaners containing bleach such as Domestos Ultra Bleach by Unilever and Mr. Proper Active Gel by Procter&Gamble are also proved to be successful in removing stubborn stains. Never leave your countertop to dry out without thoroughly rinsing away any residual cleaning agent.
Çimstone is tough but not totally industructable. It is, still, highly resistant against rupture, abrasion and scratch. Like any other surface, Çimstone can be permanently damaged by exposure to very strong chemicals and solvents, thermal shock, excess load or impact that weaken its physical properties. Therefore, pay due attention in order to let Çimstone maintain its brand-new look for long years and never forget to use cutting-board and trivet.

Thanks to its quartz compositon with 7 Mohs hardness degree, Çimstone has a high scratch and abrasion resistance. Therefore, you can easily make chopping or cutting on a Çimstone countertop without using a chopping board and make use of the whole countertop as your working area when preparing food. However, in order to let Çimstone maintain its first day look and gloss for long years never forget to use a chopping board or a trivet in any case.

In comparison to other stones, Çimstone is more tolerant to brief exposures of moderately hot temperatures. Yet, all kinds of stone can be harmed when exposed to sudden and rapid temperature change. We recommend that Çimstone surface be protected against temperature change like other materials. Therefore, avoid placing any kitchen tools such as a hot pot or an oven tray direct from the heat source onto the countertop; definitely use a trivet. When exposed to high temperatures, surfaces can react in various ways (cracking, discoloration, porosity etc.) depending on the product properties. Not only the fabricated or cutout parts, but also the inside and outside corners are much more frail, should therefore never be exposed to heat or open flame. When a heat source is situated close to a Çimstone backsplash take proper care for the reflected heat. Barbecue, deep-frying, jam and sauce cooking that need rather high heat may also cause a risk of cracking.

Yes. Çimstone’s compact and stain-free structure is not only impervious to liquid but also to moisture and food residues, not allowing for a favourable environment for the bacteria gowth like salmonella or e-coli. Çimstone has been certified to be the safest surface for food preparation by NSF International Certification from National Sanitation Foundation, an internationally leading certification center, confirming that Çimstone surfaces used as kitchen countertops fully comply with NSF 51 standards for Food Equipment regulating “safe materials for direct contact with any kind of food”. It is safe to use Çimstone countertops in kitchens for both residential and commercial purposes as it has been certified to be as safe as stainless steel.

Yes. Never use cleaning products containing soft or hard scouring granules such as Vim Scouring Powder or Cif Cream, highly acidic (hydrochloric acid) or alkaline products, agents that contain alifatic or aromatic solvents (like thinners), furniture/wood cleaning products containing oils or powders, highly aggressive cleaning agents like oven/grill cleaners as well as dishwasher agents of high alkaline/pH levels. Should your countertop be exposed to any of these damaging products, rinse off your countertop immediately with water to neutralize the effect.

Seashell is an organic effect material, therefore it has lower resistance and higher sensitivity than the other effect materials. For that reason, Çimstone product coded 422 Riviera does not display the same properties and the same degree of resistance with other Çimstone products. Due to use of detergents with strong chemicals or environmental conditions like moisture, seashells in the product may be harmed, causing defects on the surface within time. For that matter, strictly avoid using cleaners containing bleach, anti-lime or hydro-chloric acid that may permanently harm Çimstone surfaces with seashell effect material.

No. Çimstone is a nonporous material, therefore there is never any need for polishing or sealing. What gives Çimstone its elegant gloss is the natural sheen of quartz. Çimstone requires no sealing, waxing or polishing. Such an application would cause nothing but only a defect on the surface.

Çimstone is not sctratched when you do cutting and chopping on it. Those marks that you may see on Çimstone surface after working with a knife or spotting on the edges due to friction by the metal accesories of your clothing like the belt buckle are nothing but metal powder. In order to remove any such kind of metal marks left on the surface, apply a kitchen gel or trigger such as Domestos, Cif Power Cream Spray or Mr. Muscle Spray and scrub with a blue Scotch-Brite (3M) scouring sponge and then cleanse thorougly with water.

Is shade variance possible in Çimstone? Is there a one-to-one match between the Çimstone sample that I have seen and the Çimstone slab that has been delivered to my house?

Yes. It is also possible to apply Çimstone vertically for backsplash as an alternative to mosaics and ceramics. On the other hand, you may also prefer to use Çimstone as a kitchen flooring which will enable you to design your kitchen around a more integrated concept.

Çimstone duly performs its responsibilities in environmental issues like liquid waste collection and treatment, recycling and filtration, efficient use of rapidly exhausting natural resources for production purposes and manufacture of products harmless to human health. Its factory with eye-catching recreational fields serves as an example both to its surrounding facilities and the community in how to create and maintain a green environment. Water and discharged materials are treated by Çimstone via an automated water treatment technology throughout its production process and the treated water is sent back to the production unit to minimize water and energy consumption. Pieces of glass and mirror used in Çimstone products are recycled materials.

Çimstone countertops and vanities that are strong and durable enough not to necessitate replacement in the short run are also capable of maintaining the first day gloss and charm life long with an easy cleaning. Such qualities naturally group Çimstone under the eco-friendly products that provide for a sustainable environment with less amounts of energy consumption and waste production whereby high rates of water and energy are saved. Please refer to Corporate Sensitivity for additional information about other social and cultural events as well as social responsibility projects carried by Cimstone as a part of its corporate sensitivity other than the environment.